Fazakas Gallery, 688 East Hastings St., Vancouver, BC
November 3, 2016
Carlos Colín (Guadalajara, Mexico) and Jeneen Frei Njootli (Vuntut Gwitchin Nation) are two emerging contemporary artists that have recently come out of the UBC Masters program. Their individual work grapples with issues of identity and colonialism, inspired by their respective cultural backgrounds.
Carlos Colín’s research investigates how contemporary art, artists, and art institutions are involved in current social movements and, by extension, how art contributes to social change and social activism in Latin America. As a Latin American artist, Colín brings perspectives on the discourse of how art evolves inside societies, how it finds expressions, how it changes over time, and the implications this has for Latin America. His works engage in thoughts on indigenous cultural identity in Latin America, and shows influences from the local indigenous culture in Vancouver. Carlos Colín was named this year’s recipient of the Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Artist in Visual Arts. He was nominated by the Visual Arts Honouree, Dana Claxton.
Jeneen Frei Nootli is a founding member of the ReMatriate collective, a group that works to reclaim indigenous identity and visual sovereignty. In 2012, she graduated from Emily Carr University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and went on to a Visual Art Studio Work Study position at The Banff Centre, followed by two thematic residencies there. She recently completed her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of British Columbia as an uninvited guest on unceded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territories. Her performance and installation works confront the ways in which Indigenous cultural identity is understood and disseminated in society. Jeneen recently toured with renowned performance artist James Luna as a special guest in his work, ISHI: The Archive Performance. Jeneen’s own work examines the cross points between colonization and geography and seeks to reclaim control of Indigenous identity. In 2016, she was named one of the recipients of a William and Meredith Saunderson Prize for Emerging Canadian Artists.